September 13th, 2006

Abraham Geiger College

In 1942, the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin was closed by the Nazis. It was the end of an era that had begun in 1836, when Abraham Geiger called for the founding of a Jewish theological department at a university. Geiger's idea was for a school dedicated to Jewish tradition and committed to the principles of both academic method and academic freedom.

Abraham Geiger College is the first liberal rabbinical seminary founded in Continental Europe since the Shoah. It is a private, charitable institution, sponsored from private and public sources. Its mission is to educate Rabbis for Jewish Communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Abraham Geiger College was founded in 1999. Its first class matriculated in October, 2001, with students from Germany and the Netherlands. Abraham Geiger College is formally linked to the University. Our principal holds a professorship at the University, our teaching staff are lecturers there.
Education at Abraham Geiger College is designed to embrace three principles:
  • High academic standards with a broad offering of courses leading to an M.A. in Jewish Studies
  • Support of the students in their practical training by psychological and social work professionals
  • Mentoring of students in their pastoral practice through rabbinical mentorship support
Rabbinic studies are integrated into the extensive curriculum of the College for Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam, providing the ambience and resources of a large, secular State university. For further information see